There are many types of free wedding speeches. Typically, the best man, the groom, and the groom's father give speeches at the reception. Sometimes the maid of honor also gives a speech. Use these sample wedding speeches to guide your own special speech.
Best Man's Wedding Speech
The best man's speech is usually upbeat and lighthearted. He may tell some stories about the bride and groom, and if he has known the groom since childhood, he may add a few tales from that time period, too.
Wedding Speech Example
(Groom's name) has asked me to talk today about what a great guy he is, and so I can honestly say that he is handsome, brilliant, funny and perrr.... (TURN TO GROOM) ... (Groom's name), I can't read your writing. What's this last word? Since we met, I have seen his transformation from an awkward youth to a slightly less awkward adult, and it is my great pleasure to speak on this important occasion.
Of course, we would not be here today without (bride's name) and her ability to get shy old (groom's name) to propose. (Bride's name), I'm sure it was worth the wait. I often think that (bride's name) makes (groom's name) look good. mainly by standing next to him. She is full of warmth, humor and initiative.
Marriage is a serious matter which shouldn't be entered into lightly and at 200 pounds, (groom's name) certainly isn't doing that. (Add humorous story about his appetite here).
In conclusion, these two married today for better and for worse. (Groom's name) couldn't have done better and (bride's name) couldn't have done….. (look down at notes and pause) better either. I'd like to thank the bridesmaids on behalf of the bride and groom. They look wonderful, and I'm sure you'll all agree they have performed their role splendidly. And finally, on behalf of everyone here, I can truly say we wish nothing but the best for your future. You are a unique and perfectly matched couple, and we hope that all your dreams come true and you have a magical life together. Ladies and Gentlemen, please join me in a toast............. To the bride and groom.
The groom's speech should be one that primarily expresses his appreciation for the love and support of his friends and family. He should also express his devotion for his new bride.
I would just like to thank everybody for coming today, especially those that have traveled quite a bit to celebrate this day with us. Ever since I first started dating (bride's name), her family has made me feel welcome and, well, like a member of the family. Now, I am officially part of that wonderful family, and I'm very grateful.
I would like to thank both sets of parents since neither (bride's name) nor I would be here today if it weren't for them. I would also like to thank you for all your love and support over the years, and for all the advice you have given us. If we can raise a family half as wonderful, then we will be very happy.
I must also thank my new in-laws for bringing up such a beautiful and intelligent daughter. And, to my wife, you look absolutely beautiful. Thank you for everything you have done. You know everything about me and love me just the same. I have my faults, yet you still agreed to marry me. I am extremely lucky today to be the one to marry you, and I hope this is the start of many happy years together. I would like to thank (best man's name) for agreeing to be my best man and all the attendants for their help and support. Here's a toast to you all.
The bride's speech is very similar to the groom's speech. She should also express her appreciation to her family and friends and express her love for her new husband.
Example of Speech
(Groom's name) and I feel privileged to be sharing our day with all of our friends and family who have been so important to us throughout our lives. Many of you traveled for quite a long distance. Thanks to all of you for the efforts and sacrifices you have made to be with us today.
I also want to thank the most wonderful parents a child could ever have. Not only for the love, support and guidance over the years, but also for everything you've done to help make this day perfect. We would have never managed without you both, and today would not have been possible or so special. Thank you to both sets of our parents from the bottom of our hearts.
Now it's time to thank my beautiful bridesmaids for everything they've done and for being the greatest friends ever. To my maid of honor, (maid of honor's name), you have been a lifesaver. You truly are the definition of a best friend and sister. Thank you for always being there for me.
(Groom's name), I want to thank you for making my life complete. I am so lucky to be your wife, and I look forward to our life together. Finally, we would like to thank each one of you for being here with us on this special day.
Groom's or Bride's Father Speech
The groom's or bride's father should give a speech that welcomes the bride or groom into the family. He should also mention the joining of the two families and express well wishes and thoughts of happiness for the newly married couple's future.
Sample Welcome Wedding Speech
Good afternoon everyone. First of all, on behalf of my wife and I, I would like to welcome (groom's or bride's parents) into the family. I'd also like to welcome relatives and friends of both families and thank you all for being here, especially those of you who have traveled a long way to make this special occasion so memorable. (Bride and groom's names) have obviously worked really hard on this beautiful wedding, and I'm sure everyone here agrees that the ceremony was wonderful.
I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone else involved in making the day so special. At this point I would like to formally welcome (bride or groom) into the family, even though you have been part of it for a good while now. Without sounding too corny, (bride or groom's name), you are a great (girl or guy) who clearly loves our (son or daughter) and obviously makes him/her very happy. I think you have been with (groom or bride's name) long enough now to know what you are getting yourself into by joining our family so, to be honest, I don't have any sympathy for you. Seriously though (groom or bride's name), we are glad that you are part of our family and I am proud to have you as a (son-in-law or daughter-in-law).
Sticking with tradition, I'd like to leave the new couple with some words of advice as they enter into this next stage of their lives together. As a great philosopher once said, a man who gives in when he is wrong is a wise man. Whilst a man who gives in when he is right is married. All that remains is for me to ask that you all join me in a toast to the happy couple. May you both live as long as you like and have all that you need for as long as you live. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you (bride and groom's names).
Maid of Honor's Speech
The maid of honor's speech might give thanks to the bride for being chosen as the honored attendant. She might also give a little history as to how the bride and groom met as well as when she first noticed that they had fallen in love. The bride's maid of honor could also relate some humorous, though not embarrassing, stories about the bride or the newly married couple.
Speech Example Idea
When (bride's name) asked me to be her maid of honor, I started wondering where the custom of having a bridesmaid originated from. My research led me to the interesting origins of many of our wedding customs, and everything is done to protect the bride from misfortune on her wedding day.
In the old days, sometimes marriage was by capture, and a maiden was guarded by her family to prevent seizure. The bridesmaids would often act as decoys by wearing dresses similar to the bride's to confuse the kidnappers and to keep evil spirits away. Today, I have done my best to keep the evil spirits away, but at least the family wasn't a problem!
Both of you have found your other half. Thank you (bride's name) for being such a wonderful best friend. I'm glad you have found (groom's name), and I know that he will always love you. Always love and respect each other. Remember that a bride and groom are indeed best friends, and good friendships are built not with time, but with trust! May you grow old together on one pillow, and may your life be filled with happiness and joy! My love to the both of you!
Wedding Speech Ideas
Giving a wedding toast or speech doesn't have to be complicated or difficult. Base your speech ideas on your history of the couple, your friendship, and their love, and speak from the heart.